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All Hallows-by-the-Tower
 

All Hallows-by-the-Tower, Great Tower Street


  • A carillon of 18 bells plus 2 disused bells
  • Tenor: 41-3-0 in C.
  • Grid Ref: TQ333806
  • Rung from: Upstairs Ringing Room
  • Frame: 1948 John Taylor & Co, metal frame
  • Diocese: London
  • Building Listed Grade: I. Click for Heritage details.

Details of the Bells

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned
1 1-3-1721" G 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Sharp 2 2-0-2222" F♯ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
2 2-1-1823" F 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
3 2-1-2424" E 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Flat 3 3-0-1826" E♭ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
4 3-3-1427" D 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Sharp 5 4-1-2128" C♯ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
5 4-3-2430" C 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
6 5-3-2532" B 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Flat 6 6-3-2333" B♭ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
7 8-0-235" A 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Flat 7 9-2-237" A♭ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
8 11-1-1839" G 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Sharp 9 13-3-1642" F♯ 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
9 16-0-2044½" F 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
10 19-0-446" E 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
11 27-2-1953" D 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Bass 41-3-060" C 1947 John Taylor & Co., Loughborough Never
Disused 2 ½ cwt approx.14" 1950 Unknown Never
Disused 1 1 cwt approx.16⁹⁄₁₆" 1650 Unknown Never

Prior to 1940

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 8)4½ cwt approx.28¾"E1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
2nd (of 8)5¼ cwt approx.30½"D♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
3rd (of 8)5½ cwt approx.30¾"C♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
4th (of 8)6¼ cwt approx.32¼"B1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
5th (of 8)7¾ cwt approx.34½"A1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
6th (of 8)9 cwt approx.36¾"G♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
7th (of 8)13½ cwt approx.43½"F♯1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
Tenor (of 8)19 cwt approx.48½"E1813Thomas Mears IINeverDestroyed 1940
Clock Bell2 cwt approx.21"1760Lester & PackNeverDestroyed 1940

Prior to 1813

Bell Weight
(most recent)
Diameter Note Date Founder Retuned Fate
Treble (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
2nd (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
3rd (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
4th (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
5th (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813
Tenor (of 6)1659UnknownRecast 1813

History

1649 On 4 Jan there was a terrific explosion in Tower Street (which killed 67 people) shook the tower, which at that time had a short spire and contained 5 bells. A decision was taken to rebuild it as it was considered dangerous.
1659 The new tower was completed. It was designed by Samuel Twin (bricklayer). It was surmounted by a timber, lead covered cupola, being one of the few Cromwellian towers left in the country. It was of deep red brick in 4 stages reaching a height of 80 feet. Following rebuilding, the 5 old bells were recast into 6 and the Sanctus bell was replaced. [1]
1708 Record of six bells "which chime at 4, 8 and 12 daily". [2]
1760 The clock bell was cast by Lester & Pack.
1813 The 6 bells were recast into a ring of 8 by Thomas Mears at a cost of £370 over and above the £653. 12s. 0d that was received for the old bells. [3]
1814 1st peal in the tower, completed by the Junior Society of Cumberland Youths, which is still recorded on a peal board at the base of the tower. [4]
1897 The bells were overhauled by Mears & Stainbank and reopened on Sat 18 Sept. [5]
1904 Church reopened after improvements (£11,000). [6]
c 1935 The bells had not been rung for some years, so Gillett & Johnston installed Ellacombe chiming apparatus.
1940 The bells were totally destroyed in a bombing raid. After the War, a new spire of copper was erected to the designs of Messrs Seely & Paget - the first original design for a spire in the City for over 200 years.
1947 The tower was judged to be unfit to carry ringing bells of adequate size, so a Carillon of 18 bells was cast by John Taylor. This was done as a gift from Mr J. H. McConnell of "The Montreal Star", Canada.
1948 The bells were first rung on 19 July as the Queen laid the foundation stone of the east wall.
1966 A disused bell from St Dunstan-in-the-East was moved to the crypt here.
[1] [A] Walters Mss. states that according to Marshall’s history of the parish the churchwardens paid £105 in 1659 for "new bells and frames". [B] Strype: The Steeple of Brick was erected and built from the Foundation, and a sixth Bell added, and the Church new lay'd with ten Inch Tiles, and beautified at the Cost of the Parishioners, and some others, (as appears in the Register Book) 1659. ([A] Walters Mss, [B] A Survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, John Strype 1720)
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[3] (Walters Mss)
[4] [A] "Monday evening the Junior Society of London Cumberland Youths ascended the west-end brick tower of Barking Church, Tower-street, London, and rang a complete maiden peal on the new bells, in Mr. John Holt’s ten-course method, on [sic] grandsire tripples, containing 5040 musical changes, conducted by Mr. John Noonan, which was brought round in three hours and eight minutes. Weight of the tenor, 19 cwt. in the key of F. " [B] "On Monday evening last, the Junior Society of London Cumberland Youths ascended the west end brick Tower of Barking Church, in Tower-street, London, and rung a complete maiden peal on the new bells, in Mr. JOHN HOLT’S ten course methods, on grandsire triples, containing 5,040 musical changes, and conducted by Mr. JOHN NOONAN, which was most ably brought round in three hours and eight minutes." ( [A] Morning Chronicle, Wed. 30 March 1814, [B] Morning Post, Sat. 2 April 1814)
[5] "The bells of All Hallows Barking, Great Tower Street, E.C., have been overhauled by Messrs. Mears & Stainbank, and were reopened by the local ringers on Saturday, September 18th." (Church Bells 24 September 1897 pg 896)
[6] (Church of England Year Book, 1 Nov 1904)

Articles

  • "The Collegiate Church of All Hallows, Berkyngchirche-by-the-Tower", Cawley, David L (The Ringing World) 10 December 1971
  • "The Lost Bells of London (7) Other City Churches", Cook, William T (The Ringing World) 2 March 1973
  • The church prior to the War


    How the church looked prior to the bombing raid of 1940.
    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection

    This is an engraving from 1705.
    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection

    The ruined church


    Following the bombing raid of 1940, the church was rebuilt.
    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection


    Photo: DLC collection

    The belfry


    Bell 17.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010


    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    Michael Royalton-Kisch demonstrating the console.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    A disused ship's bell at the base of the tower.
    Photo: Dickon Love, 2010

    Peal Boards

    Timber Performance Board dated approx. 1818

    Photo: Dickon R Love, 7 December 2010

    Recent Peals
    The most recent performances, according to BellBoard.
    1818-02-168448 Oxford Treble Bob Major
    Full list of peals on Bellboard here
    Full list of quarters on Bellboard here

    Love's Guide to the Church Bells of the City of London Page updated: 13 October 2019